Connect with us

F1 top news

Ferrari not quite ready for 2015 F1 title – Berger

Published

on

Ferrari not quite ready for 2015 F1 title - Berger
Gerhard Berger has hailed the performance in 2015 of his old team Ferrari. Earlier, some were arguing that Ferrari only appeared to have improved this year due to the collapse of its rival grandees like Red Bull and McLaren.

And after Sebastian Vettel’s breakthrough win in Malaysia, the resurgence seemed to taper, and following an engine upgrade in Canada, speculation suggested technical boss James Allison’s future might be in doubt due to the mid-season slump.

But Berger, who drove for Ferrari until the mid 90s, said the Maranello marque should actually be congratulated.

“They have made a big step forward compared to last year and I didn’t expect that,” said the Austrian legend.

As a former boss of Vettel’s at Toro Rosso, Berger told La Gazzetta dello Sport that “I always thought Sebastian would be a perfect fit with Ferrari”.

“He has the German mentality, is very organised and hard working. Above all he is a winner. But I repeat: I did not expect that Ferrari would be able to win races already this season,” Berger told the Italian daily, “given how difficult last season was.”

And he insisted that Vettel’s second win in Hungary was no fluke.

“Both drivers started the race very well,” said Berger. “I thought then that they had a chance for a one-two. Great start, no mistakes, and they led not because Mercedes had problems but because Ferrari was fast.

“Unfortunately Kimi Raikkonen had his technical problem but Ferrari did its job brilliantly.

“I am sure Maurizio Arrivabene is coping perfectly with the job of trying to take Ferrari back to the top, as at Maranello there is now a good atmosphere again,” he added.

But the 55-year-old warned that an outright title challenge in 2015 might be too hard a task for Ferrari.

“I think Ferrari is on the right track but Mercedes is still stronger. However, there is no doubt that Ferrari has been gradually reducing the gap.

“Hopefully by the end of the season they will be even closer to Mercedes, and next year will be able to take another step forward and fight with them on equal terms,” Berger concluded. (GMM)

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F15 hours ago

Leclerc to Ferrari, Raikkonen to Sauber for 2019 F1

Sauber F1 team chief Fred Vasseur has not ruled out the proposal that a swap deal with Ferrari that would...

2018 F111 hours ago

Verstappen beats Hamilton to top spot in German GP practice

1ShareMax Verstappen was fastest in second practice in German Grand Prix, the Dutchman kept Red Bull Racing’s striking form at...

2018 F116 hours ago

Practice 1 Results: German Grand Prix

70Shares2018 German Grand Prix Practice 1 Results (FP1): First free practice results and Timings (FP1) for the eleventh round of...

2018 F117 hours ago

Bottas signed, Mercedes completed its driver line-up for 2019

229SharesValtteri Bottas has signed a new one-year contract extension with Mercedes, his team Mercedes have officially announced. It follows Mercedes...

2018 F118 hours ago

We are not negotiating with Kubica – Haas F1

1ShareGunther Steiner has rejected speculation Haas might sign up Robert Kubica for 2019. Pole Kubica is the reserve driver at...

2018 F119 hours ago

The F1 Silly Season: Who will be driving where for 2019 F1?

4SharesWith the German Grand Prix spotted the midway point in the 2018 Formula 1 Season, it now feels like the...

2018 F12 days ago

F1 should be a dictatorship – Berger

11SharesFormula one needs to return to its days as a dictatorship. That is the view of Gerhard Berger, the F1...

2018 F12 days ago

We have great confidence in Honda – Red Bull

1ShareChristian Horner remains confident Honda is the right move for Red Bull. The Red Bull boss said that at Silverstone...

2018 F12 days ago

F1 steward Mika Salo admits Ferrari penalties controversy

11SharesF1 steward Mika Salo has acknowledged the controversy over penalties given to Ferrari drivers in recent races. After Sebastian got...

2018 F12 days ago

McLaren, Williams, admit need for change

81SharesAn anonymous engineer says struggling once-great F1 teams Williams and McLaren need to make sweeping changes. Both British teams have...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media